17:09 Rescuers pulled a little girl from a mountain of rubble overnight, & hope returned for more survivors. Italy's quake toll has now risen to 252.

16:55 Individual councils can decide on whether shops in their area should open on Easter Sunday. The Shop Trading Hours Bill passed 62-59.

16:53 The High Court has directed Corrections to reconsider its decision to not allow a journalist to be present when Scott Watson meets Gerald Hope.

16:10 Hawke's Bay Regional Council is going to war against the Hastings District Council over the contaminated water supply, which made thousands ill.

16:09 A homicide investigation is underway into the disappearance of 48 year old Northland man Kimble Moore, who was reported missing early this year.

Wed, 08 Aug 2012

Valerie is the most organised person I have known in my life - Phil Gifford

Michael Laws speaks to sports writer Phil Gifford about Valerie Adams' disappointment at receiving silver off the back of her near non-entry into the games. Phil says that its astonishing that Valerie was not entered on the event list for the shot put prior to the event. "I am not saying that if that mix up hadn't happened, Valerie would have won the gold medal." "What I am saying is that the Valerie Adams we saw throwing in that shot put is not the person that would have thrown in the shot put [otherwise]." 8th August 2012.

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